The compartmentalized life of Herman Cain

Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain has his photo taken with a supporter after speaking at a campaign rally on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. AP/Jay LaPrete

Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain has his photo taken with a supporter after speaking at a campaign rally on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. AP/Jay LaPrete

When Ted Turner established WTBS as the first satellite-bounced, 24-hour TV station in the late 1970s, Bill Tush was the young fellow tasked with providing much of the station’s after-hours content.

His comedy newscast – he was a poor man’s Jon Stewart with neckties as wide as a mobile home — made Tush something of a national cult figure, though he concedes that much of his young audience was probably either drunk or stoned.

Tush is now semi-retired and a member of the Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge. Off the links and over several months of drinks and conversation, Tush made the acquaintance of a fellow club member named Herman Cain.

“I knew he had been the president of a pizza company. And he had a radio gig,” Tush said this week. Other topics – politics, say – never came up.

“I’ve always been friendly with people in the political sphere, but I never considered [Cain] a political person. And then – blam! – there he was, running for president. And I’m thinking, ‘This is the guy I used to sit in the corner [and shoot the breeze with].’”

Tush had just learned the same lesson that many of us are only now faced with. Just because you know one part of Herman Cain doesn’t mean you know the whole of the man.

This latest allegation, that Cain conducted a 13-year, off-and-on affair with a Dunwoody woman named Ginger White, only emphasizes a picture that was already forming.

Herman Cain is a driven candidate with many watertight compartments.

White says she met the future presidential candidate in Kentucky, while Cain was still president of the National Restaurant Association. Cain says that White’s claim of a sexual connection amounts to character assassination, but admits the pair had a “friendship relationship” and says he sometimes provided White financial assistance.

Yet the GOP candidate also says that neither his wife nor his family know the woman. Which perhaps shouldn’t be a surprise.

Citing a discomfort with the American system of vetting political candidates, Cain has sequestered his family from his campaign — with a single exception. When sexual harassment charges first surfaced last month, his wife of 43 years, Gloria Cain, submitted to an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

“This isn’t Herman,” Gloria Cain said. So far, there has been no talk of a repeat interview.

Cain is an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta. He loves to sing hymns from the stage. And yet his fellow church members prefer to keep mum about the candidate — the Rev. Cameron Alexander, longtime pastor of the church, included. Another sealed compartment.

The 65-year-old Cain has campaigned on his business acumen, pointing to his rescue of Godfather’s Pizza. But his former business associates have largely declined to talk about Cain’s years at the helm of the company. Yet another closed door.

Less talked about is Cain’s place within the infrastructure of the Georgia GOP. Cain moved back to Georgia in 2000 and ran an unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate in 2004. But his presidential campaign, though run from an office near the Eagle’s Landing Country Club, was originally staffed from out of state.

His relationship with longtime leaders of the state Republican party might be described as distant.

Cain’s most public relationship in Georgia may be with Neal Boortz, the radio host for whom Cain sometimes subbed on AM 750 and 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB. On Tuesday, only a few hours after White’s allegations became public, Boortz was asked his opinion of his friend.

“I know Herman Cain. This does not sound like Herman Cain to me. It doesn’t sound like him,” Boortz said. “Additionally, it is very curious to me that every allegation against Herman Cain has come from his three years at the National Restaurant Association.”

Boortz was implying a conspiracy, which is an exciting option. Less exciting is not knowing the people you call friend as well as you might. In the end, Boortz said, it may be time for Cain to think about retiring from the field – for the sake of his family.

Cain’s protests this week have included a tone of outrage — that one piece of his world would wander uncontrolled into another. In his pre-emptive interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer – anticipating White’s charges – Cain was asked if more accusations could follow.

“When someone that appears to be a friend, turns around and concocts this story, you’ve got to question – the hundreds of thousands of people that I have met in my life, a hundred thousand people could possibly come out,” a frustrated Cain said.

Curiously, this week’s best argument for a compartmentalized life came from Cain’s attorney, Lin Wood, in a letter to Fox 5 Atlanta – which broke the White story.

“This appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults — a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public,” Wood wrote. “The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.”

It was a noble statement of principle, which fell with a dull thud in a political contest for the hearts and minds of a Republican and largely conservative Christian electorate.

An electorate that might argue that a man’s religious principles ought to freely swap around to other parts of his life, mixing like gravy into vegetables on a plate.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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137 comments Add your comment

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

November 30th, 2011
6:42 pm

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 30th, 2011
7:05 pm

Honestly, there are so many reasons to dislike Herman I’m surprised anyone really cares about his fooling around.

ld

November 30th, 2011
7:11 pm

Jim, ya’ beatin’ th’ proverbial ‘dead horse’ here?

Jon Lester

November 30th, 2011
7:15 pm

Good to hear from Bill Tush, anyway.

Frederick Douglass

November 30th, 2011
7:18 pm

‘hundreds of thousands of people I’ve met in my life’

What’s this guy trying to do, top the late Wilt Chamberlin’s record?

Disappointed

November 30th, 2011
7:24 pm

Herman Cain should be ashamed of himself. For all of the thousand upon thousands of children who witnessed just a few short years ago that the Top Job in the Land is available to anyone who works hard, strives for a good education and contributes as a good citizen, you have tarnished that Star.

How dare you be so arrogant as to think that the public would overlook your alleged sexual misconduct as you declared “The machine was trying to topple your campaign”. Not,one, two, three, four….but …..stayed tuned……there may be more…and support you in your run for the Top Job.

The Man that currently holds the Top Job came to the table above reproach, you could learn a thing or two….

You have disgraced your wife, family and yourself. For the rest of your days there will be a question mark ? when your name comes up and you will quietly be branded a liar and cheat by people who once respected you.

Park your ego in the garage and salvage your marriage which will most certainly suffer, given the number of inappropriate liasons you are alleged to have had. Get back out there on the Motivational Speaker circuit and sell some books.

If your arrogance compels you to continue to vy for the Top Job, you may find that after not winning the nomination and spending millions of dollars donated to your campaign by people who believed in your vision that you become a fading running joke with the Slogan:

Herman Cain:
“Where the White Women at?”

Boris Badnoff

November 30th, 2011
7:37 pm

1992. Slick Willie. All those women are liars and it’s part of The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Accepted as fact by the Lame Stream Media.

2011. Herman Cain. Every single accusation is totally correct. Ignore the fact that all of these aging tarts are on the payroll of the DNC. Use these baseless charges to libel a fine gentleman.

Find even one picture of Herman doing this

http://1funny.com/obama-staring-at-booty/

and I might believe you. Actually, I won’t but it sound like I’m being reasonable.

missing the point

November 30th, 2011
7:59 pm

it’s a bad day when newt gives you family councelling.

Smoke

November 30th, 2011
8:01 pm

Oh, now Cain is a “dead horse?”. When folks applauded him for quoting the Simpsons told the story of his audience. Cain is an average person who was able to stand on the shoulders of a business giant to rise up the corporate ranks and propped up by his brothers by another mother ever since. He never pulled up his bootstraps because he was always given loafers.

Zadoc Paet

November 30th, 2011
8:02 pm

I don’t think Herman Cain ever had a chance at winning the GOP nomination, and these allegations don’t help, but he may as well stay in it so that his voice is heard.

POLL: With accusations of a long-term extramarital affair, should Herman Cain drop out of the race?
Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/5819175

beachdog

November 30th, 2011
8:10 pm

Associate pastor…hahahahahahaha

John Sulivan

November 30th, 2011
8:21 pm

It’s incredible that people assume the allegations are true. They are not true. You can make all the comments you wish sitting behind a pen name but you will see that they allegations are false. Herman Cain is a good man. Not perfect. None of us are. But, a good man.

He's got my vote

November 30th, 2011
8:21 pm

I don’t believe any of this, but even if it was true– I am more concerned about saving this dismal economy then who he may or may not have slept with. I don’t give one hoot about his sex life, I love that he is a BUSINESSMAN, not a crooked politician with greased pockets– and he actually offers solutions, not just empty promises like other candidates (yes, Mr. President included). Herman’s got my vote if he can weather this storm of idiotic character assassination. Seriously, have we become so Jersey Shore-Real Housewives-Kardashian brainwashed that it is more facinating to discuss a candidates alleged sex life instead of the one main point that matters: Who can fix this country and turn the economy around?

Kevin

November 30th, 2011
8:24 pm

Jim, is it really a compartmentalized life if nothing has been proven?

It’s a bit like asking you if you still beat your wife.

Personally, I think this article is irresponsible and sensational. And you’re better than that.

For the record, I’m no fan of Cain. But I’m even less of a fan of people who consider allegations to be real.

whatajoke

November 30th, 2011
8:26 pm

I think Herman was led to the stupid decision to run by Boortz and his listeners. Jump in Uncle Herman, Jump in…..we “LOVE” you!!! You silly rabbit :lol:

Von

November 30th, 2011
8:33 pm

Oh Jim, youre just eating this crap up arent you? Cain published many of the letters he had written to this woman in his own freaking book! And she and your kind in the liberal media arent exactly putting those text messages she has in her phone out there…gee golly I wonder why? You really just cant stand the fact that he is a black republican who could actually help this country out; I venture to say the thought terrifies your kind.

BM

November 30th, 2011
8:34 pm

Typical comments from our liberal media. Funny how this cities newspaper buries one of its own so quickly. Love to see you idiots investigate Dictator O and his relationship with Rev J Wright. You are all pawns of this Marxist!

police911

November 30th, 2011
8:35 pm

Man-O-Man! The cain-paign is DOA! Please supress your pride; conquer your ego; defeat your stuborness and get back to donig wht you do best. Stop SCREWING your donors (no pun intended)!

police911

November 30th, 2011
8:36 pm

“doing what”…my bad

whatajoke

November 30th, 2011
8:37 pm

Please explain to me why this is all a bunch of lies when the NRA officials admitted they paid out a settlement. Herman admitted he knows Ms White and have given her money. Does Ms Cain know Ms White (NO). Was Ms Cain aware that Herman gave Ms White money (NO). Hell, I’ve been married almost 32 yrs and if I were giving another woman money and texting her 4:00 am, my azz would be toast and so would any other decent married man.

Aquagirl

November 30th, 2011
8:42 pm

Run, Hermie, run….keep sucking the oxygen out of the Republican room and throwing Republican money down the toilet. For that amount of service to our country, I won’t even begrudge your misusing Secret Service agents to make your little imaginary media-free bubble.

clem

November 30th, 2011
8:45 pm

heck, that’s when i make all my calls to find out who needs money?

darb

November 30th, 2011
8:47 pm

Something about Cain doesnt strike me as kosher. Im starting to think these women are not all halucinating. In the end, I’ll be surprised if his wifes stands with him , or stays with him. This political run may cost him more than he ever thought it could.

You sanctimonious ...

November 30th, 2011
8:47 pm

…black folks just can’t stand a conservative black man that is successful WITHIOUT having been part of the “what can the guv’ment give me” mentality…You are a bunch of pure bred racists…

Cutty-- "See you Santa Claus!"

November 30th, 2011
8:55 pm

Herman didn’t have his game tight. If he was paying this woman’s bills and taking her on trips, he should’ve had the understanding that none of this was to be ever disclosed. Any real player would have their game on point being under such bright lights. That’s reason enough not to vote for him. If he wasn’t up to par on his pimp game, just think how his foreign policy game would be!

sheepdawg

November 30th, 2011
8:56 pm

Tush would be a better candidate than any of the GOP clowns

whatajoke

November 30th, 2011
8:56 pm

sounds like another Boortz azz sniffer…..

sheepdawg

November 30th, 2011
8:57 pm

it’s a bad day when newt gives you family councelling

now that’s funny!

you silly sheeple

November 30th, 2011
8:59 pm

you libs could not stand the fact there is a better qualified black man. shame on you all. lib media will have create dirt on any GOP’er to keep the socialist, cry bay, finger pointing dictator in WH…

Cutty-- "See you Santa Claus!"

November 30th, 2011
9:02 pm

Sanctimonious- What a moronic statement. If you knew anything about “black folks”, you’d know that no one really cares about Herman Cain. Herman Cain is doing enough to embarrass himself. The ‘guv’ment’ has given me nothing. My folks stressed education and I made something of myself (with lots of help). But your comments sum you up just right tho.

dd

November 30th, 2011
9:02 pm

I don’t care either way, but it seems to me that if Cain doesn’t have anything to hide, he would insist on whatever agreement he made with this restaurant association being made public. JMO

Ball so hard my ankle hurt

November 30th, 2011
9:03 pm

Are the accusations true?

honested

November 30th, 2011
9:06 pm

I miss Bill Tush….

Think of how much less Georgia (and those around America with early Channel 17) would be to accept grinning hucksters as legitimate candidates if the nightly faux-newz claptrap had to compete with the News Chicken (in full costume)!

Once a population loses it’s intellectual sense of humor, the slow spiral into hollow eyed compliance begins.

Buckhead Boy

November 30th, 2011
9:08 pm

My experience has been that when you come to the aid of an acquaintance financially, you’re more likely to never hear from them again than to have frequent communication afterwards.

MD

November 30th, 2011
9:10 pm

Herman Cain will sue the hell out of these idiots for slander when his presidential run is over.Mr.Cain is a God fearing honest American and would be the best president this country has ever seen.The democrats are so affraid of him because he actually understands the concept of a balanced budget.Not to mention the constitution and the role of government.

Look before I leap...

November 30th, 2011
9:12 pm

I can’t comment on the veracity of the claims these various women are making. Right now it seems to be a “he said, she said” situation.

It also appears some of these women would not exactly be considered “pillars of society” but I would generally not expect them to be if they decide to have long-term affairs with married men.

But I find three things that are curious to me:

Where exactly is the media bias here?
The women are coming forward and making some pretty damaging claims against someone who was at one point in the not too distant past, a front-runner for the nomination of a major political party for President of the United States. The claims, unfounded or not, are indeed news-worthy.
I see the same media publishing the candidate’s denials and I have yet to see any major news outlet inidicate a leaning towards either the candidate or accuser. Indeed, said news outlets are publicising details of some of these women that cast them in decidely unfavorable light with regard to past lawsuits, financial condition and other actions. If anything, these news articles favor the candidate. If someone here has a link to something I have missed, I’d be glad to take a look at it.

I am also not seeing anything resembling racism on the part of the news outlets here. Has anyone employed by the mainstream media indicated outrage that the candidate is black and all of the accusers are white? The only racism I am seeing right now are some of the nincompoops who post on this blog quite often.

The last thing I find curious is this: If these accusations are false, would not the dictum, “A good defense is a strong offense” apply? I mean if any case meets the standard of malicious defamation, this would be it. In other words, why hasn’t Herman sued the pants off these women?

Minus Clous

November 30th, 2011
9:13 pm

Gallo and the idiots on this board are part of the problem. Anybody can accuse you of something like harrasment and if you are a Republican, run stories everyday. Nobody said one thing with JFK routed women in and out of the WhiteHouse. Neither did the liberal media say anything about Ted Kennedy or Barny Frank’s prostitution in his house yet a woman says Cain had an affair with him even when he has stage 4 cancer and was on death’s door. Pure stupid.

whatajoke

November 30th, 2011
9:14 pm

I wonder if Ms White has copies of cancelled checks or Uncle Herman paid her in cold cash.
Okay, if he paid her in cash…….that was one smart move.

MD

November 30th, 2011
9:15 pm

and if you believe any thing this liberal newspaper wright you are a complete fool.

Uncle Joe

November 30th, 2011
9:15 pm

Has it been proven that Herman Cain is an adulterer? If not, then why are so many people, like some idiot evangelist, assuming that he is guilty of infidelity? Or why are others already psychoanalyzing this “compartmentalized” man? What a bunch of unsubstantiated, biased calumny. Will the majority (or even a substantial minority) accept this house of cards as fact?

whatajoke

November 30th, 2011
9:20 pm

I know her name is Ms White, but in these part, she would be considered black. If not, she checked the biracial box; just like Mr President.

MD

November 30th, 2011
9:21 pm

look before i leap: the reason he has not sued them is because it would take him out of the race for president and deplete his funds.I say he will sue their lying a$$es when his presidential run is over,or after his term as president has come to an end.

Hard on the Beaver Ward

November 30th, 2011
9:22 pm

Seems to me that a “compartmentalized” live was an ASSET when your boy BJ Clinton was in office.

whatajoke

November 30th, 2011
9:24 pm

Now the real show will come when the spotlight is on Mr Newt :shock:

Look before I leap...

November 30th, 2011
9:24 pm

@you santimonious: 8:47

…black folks just can’t stand a conservative black man that is successful WITHIOUT having been part of the “what can the guv’ment give me” mentality…You are a bunch of pure bred racists…

Wow, just wow. Pot, kettle, black (absolutely no pun intended).
One 33 word post and 3 distinct racist assumptions in it, any one of which would get you sent to a diversity training session.

I am surprised you were able to type that post from under your hooded white sheet.

whatajoke

November 30th, 2011
9:25 pm

Yeah, the blue dress did in Slick Willie……

exit stage left

November 30th, 2011
9:28 pm

cain was not ready for prime time. did he really think some white trash from dekalb would keep his secrets with the media sniffing out every piece of dirt on every person vying for the number 1 job in the entire world?? he rolled the dice anyway, got caught and now he is telling more lies to cover up the first ones. more to come you watch, and he is just digging a huge hole for himself that he will never live down. Get out now cain, get out now before it gets worse and you look like an even bigger liar! he gambled big and lost big

Mammy's Shanty

November 30th, 2011
9:29 pm

Herman Cain,
a freaky nasty old man.

Newt

November 30th, 2011
9:31 pm

Newt Newt Newt…………………………..

MD

November 30th, 2011
9:33 pm

Fact is everyones life is worse off now because of Chris Dodd,Barney Frank,(who are retiring because they know there is no chance for their reelection).Also you can add Harry Reid and Nancy polsie to that list as well.Obama was their unqualified goat that has to read a teleprompter just so he could stay on the same page with above mentioned idiots agenda.